Written answers

Friday, 17 May 2019

  • Department for Transport

    • Bus Service Operators Grant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 10 July 2018 to Question 159654, what the timescale is for the next phase of the bus service operators grant reform process.

    • Electric Vehicles: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect of the removal of the plug-in car grant on the number of sales of zero emission-capable plug-in hybrids...

      Freight: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the merits of the freight connectivity proposals ratified by the European Union for enforcement in a situation where no...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Construction: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make an assessment of the implications for the Government's polices of the Federation of Master...

    • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many staff in his Department who were transferred or seconded to work (a) in other departments or (b) on other...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Middle East: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his international counterparts on prospects for the Middle East peace process.

    • Gaza: Hamas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of the Hamas Government in Gaza on political stability in the region.

      Middle East: Hezbollah

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the level of the security threat posed by Hezbollah to (a) Israel and (b) the Middle East.

      Middle East: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs,what assessment he has made of the implications for the Middle East Peace Process of the rocket attacks from Gaza into Israel.

      Syria: Islamic State

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment the Government has made of whether the Assad Government is party to an agreement with the global coalition...

      Syria: Islamic State

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on how many occasions the global coalition against Daesh has (a) used military force and (b) threatened to use military force...

      Syria: Islamic State

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of whether the global coalition against Daesh supplies arms and ammunition to the Maghaweir...

      Syria: Islamic State

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that the global coalition against Daesh fulfils its legal obligations towards...

      Syria: Islamic State

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the validity of reports that civilians who left the Tanf de-confliction zone for...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Constituencies

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on local communities of parliamentary boundary changes that result in parliamentary...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Ovarian Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to (a) improve early diagnosis of ovarian cancer and (b) reduce the level of variation in diagnosis...

    • Strokes: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many deaths caused by stroke there were in affected areas in England during the pollution episode in April 2019; and what comparative...

      Heart Diseases: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many deaths were caused by coronary heart disease in affected areas in England during the pollution episode in April 2019; and what...

      Health Services: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department taking to enable the use of digital technology to increase access to healthcare for people in rural communities.

      Asthma: Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of asthma prescription charges on lifelong asthma sufferers.

      Prescriptions: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has to review which long-term health conditions should be exempt from NHS prescription charges.

      Ocrelizumab

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress he has made on the (a) negotiations for NHS access to and (b) appraisal of Ocrelizumab as a treatment for primary...

      Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much money was accrued to the public purse under the pharmaceutical price regulation scheme and (b) what proportion of that money was...

      Asthma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many emergency hospital admissions there were for asthma for (a) adults and (b) children in affected areas in England during the...

      Asthma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many emergency ambulance dispatches there were for asthma for (a) adults and (b) children in affected areas in England during the...

      Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many emergency hospital admissions for COPD there were in affected areas in England during the pollution episode in April 2019; and...

      Strokes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many emergency hospital admissions there were for people suffering a stroke in affected areas in England during the pollution episode...

      Heart Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many emergency hospital admissions there were of people with coronary heart disease in affected areas in England during the pollution...

      Childbirth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many premature births there were in England during the pollution episode in April 2019; and what comparative assessment he has made...

      Asthma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many (a) 999 and (b) 111 calls were made from people with asthma in England during the pollution episode in April 2019, and what...

      Huntington's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to help raise awareness of Huntington's disease.

      Heart Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what comparative estimate he has made of the number of emergency ambulance dispatches for coronary heart disease in affected areas in...

      Voluntary Scheme for Branded Medicines Pricing and Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has plans to involve patient organisations in setting the success factors for the 2019 Voluntary Scheme for...

  • Wales Office

    • Wales Office: Former Ministers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how much his Department has paid to hon. Members under section 4 of the Ministerial and other Pensions and Salaries Act 1991 since 13 July 2016.

    • Wales Office: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many staff in his Department who were transferred or seconded to work (a) in other departments or (b) on other departmental briefs on preparations for...

      Wales Office: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many and what proportion of officials in his Department took sick leave for reasons relating to stress in the last 12 months; what proportion that...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisons: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many contractual improvement notices have been issued at each private prison in each of the last 10 years.

    • Prisoners' Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the number of prisoners who have been released in error in each of the last three years.

      Courts: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the Transform Justice blog entitled The secret room – who is listening to what in digital courts?, published on 11 April 2019,...

      Offenders: Electronic Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, who has the power to amend the conditions of (a) bail and (b) court orders which are the subject of a GPS tag.

      International Covenant On Economic Social and Cultural Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether the UK's declaration reserving the right to postpone the application of Article 7(a)(i) of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and...

      Treatment Of, and Outcomes For, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Individuals in the Criminal Justice System Independent Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 28 March 2019 to Question 235745 on Treatment of, and Outcomes for, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Individuals in the...

      Aiding and Abetting: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the ethnicity is of adults who are (a) charged and (b) convicted of joint enterprise in the latest period for which data is available.

      Prisoners: Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of the prison population are parents.

      Judiciary: Youth Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) district judges and (b) magistrates have been assigned to participate in youth courts in each year since 2010; and what proportion of those...

      Social Security Benefits: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps the Government is taking to reduce the waiting time for benefits appeals from the 40 week average cited by HM Courts and Tribunal Service.

      Prisoners' Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners serving an indeterminate public protection sentence were (a) released on licence and (b) subsequently recalled to prison in each of...

      Prisoners' Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners who were serving an indeterminate public protection sentence were (a) released in error and (b) subsequently recalled to prison in...

      Prisoners' Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice,how many prisoners (a) were released before their correct release date and (b) served time in excess of their correct release date in each of the last...

      Theft: Pets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether he plans to review sentencing guidance for people who commit pet theft.

      Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of decisions made by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority on applications for compensation were appealed in each...

      Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of decisions made by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority on applications for compensation were overturned on...

      Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of successful applications made for compensation from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme took longer than 12 months...

      Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the cost of submitting an application for compensation from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme.

      Fines: Surcharges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much money has been raised by the Victims Surchage in each year since 2010.

      Emergency Services: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people have been prosecuted for common assault or battery under the Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Act 2018.

      Prison Officers: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prison officer days have been lost due to sickness in each year since 2010.

      Prison Officers: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prison officer days have been lost due to being off work for mental health reasons in each year since 2010.

      Prison Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate his Department has made of the cumulative number of years of experience held by all prison officers in (a) 2010 and (b) 2018.

      Community Rehabilitation Services: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which services currently managed by community rehabilitation services will be run by the National Probation Service under the new model of probation...

      Prisons: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, for what reasons the baseline for the permanent leavers as a percentage of average staff changed from the workforce statistics bulletin published in...

      Prisons: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many hours of detached duty have been provided to each of the prisons in the 10 prisons project in each month since 2015.

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average number of hours out of cell was for each prisoner in each prison in the 10 prisons project in each month since 2015.

      Prison Officers: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prison officers vacancies were not filled in each prison in (a) May 2018 (b) May 2019.

      Prison Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prison officers have been transferred (a) into and (b) out of each prison in the 10 prisons project since August 2018.

      Prisoners: Injuries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the number of people in prison with traumatic brain injuries.

      Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many cases were rescheduled in (a) Greater Manchester and (b) Greater London due to insufficient court space in the months of (i) February, (ii)...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Private Rented Housing: Electrical Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when the Government plans to introduce mandatory five yearly electrical checks in the private rented sector.

    • New Homes Ombudsman

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when he plans to publish the consultation on the New Homes Ombudsman.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to improve the quality of new build homes.

      Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Former Ministers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how much his Department has paid to hon. Members under section 4 of the Ministerial and other Pensions and Salaries...

      Parks: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department has taken in response to its consultation on preserving the free use of public parks.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the merits of the collection of data on military veterans' interactions with government service providers to help support...

    • Veterans: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether her Department plans to introduce new protections to safeguard veterans from prosecution in relation to historic killings.

      South Korea: Military Alliances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps she is taking to enhance defence and security co-operation with South Korea.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what provision her Department makes for universal credit claimants who are held on restriction under the Mental Health Act 1983.

    • Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to ensure that all medical assessors for (a) disability living allowance and (b) personal independence payment are...

      Maternity Payments: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people under the age of 18 received a Sure Start Maternity grant in 2018.

      Disability: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what financial assistance her Department provides to parents who leave work to undertake full-time care for a child with a disability.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what financial support for the costs of childcare her Department provides to parents in receipt of universal credit.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what progress she has made on providing transitional Severe Disability Payment under the Universal Credit (Managed Migration Pilot and...

      Food Banks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what information her Department holds on the number of benefit claimants of who travel out of area to access a food bank.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what progress he has made on the review into 1.6 million personal independent payment claims.

      Universal Credit: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people became ineligable for severe disability premium as a result of moving onto universal credit in Wales.

      Universal Credit: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in Wales received additional payments as a result of moving from Severe Disability Premium to universal credit without...

      Personal Independence Payment: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when the contract with Capita to provide assessment services in relation with personal independence payment will expire.

      Personal Independence Payment: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of mandatory reconsideration decisions in relation to personal independence payment resulted in a change in the amount of the...

      Personal Independence Payment: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the cost to the public purse was of appeals of (a) initial and (b) reconsideration of personal independence payments in the last three years.

      Employment: Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 27 November 2018 to Question 193494 on Employment: Autism, if she will make it her policy to disaggregate data on...

      Employment: Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 28 November 2018 to Question 193498 on Employment: Autism, over what time period was the Neurodiversity Toolkit was...

      Food Banks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment she has made of the effect of the sanctions system on levels of foodbank use among claimants.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the effect on the rabbit population of type 2 rabbit haemorrhagic disease virus.

    • Fishing Vessels: Monitoring

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the proposed installation of inshore vessel monitoring system units on under 12m fishing vessels is planned to (a)...

      Environment Protection: British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the Government has ruled out the inclusion of the British Overseas Territories in plans to replace environment...

      Land: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what guidance his Department provides to local authorities on their legal obligation to assess and quantify contaminated...

      Water Supply: Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many commercial enterprises have chosen a water supplier that was not the regional monopoly supplier in each of the last...

      Domestic Appliances: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department has made any assessment of the environmental effect of white goods manufacturers building in...

      Water Supply: Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what (a) new services and (b) innovations have been introduced to the water market as a result of competition between water...

      Water Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many water wholesalers operate in the water market.

      Water Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimates his Department has made of increased demand on water supply over the next (a) 10 and (b) 20 years; and what...

  • Home Office

    • Human Trafficking: Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions he has had with the (a) hospitality and (b) tourism sectors on training people to detect warning signs of potential victims...

    • Crimes of Violence: Retail Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many violent attacks on staff working in retail premises there were in each year since 2015.

      Licensing Laws

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether his Department has plans to review the Licensing Act 2003 in relation to the (a) granting and (b) approval of Temporary Events Notices.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Terrorism: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps she is taking in cooperation with her Irish counterpart to tackle threats from the new IRA.

    • Obesity: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment her Department has made of the effectiveness of Tier 3 obesity services in Northern Ireland; and if she will make a statement.

      Northern Ireland Office: Former Ministers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much her Department has paid to hon. Members under section 4 of the Ministerial and other Pensions and Salaries Act 1991 since 13 July 2016.

      Northern Ireland Office: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many staff of her Department who were transferred or seconded to work (a) in other departments and (b) on other departmental briefs on...

  • Department for Transport

    • Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide further funding to local authorities to tackle potholes in England.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Pakistan: Minority Groups

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the letter sent by 50 members of the European Parliament to the Prime Minister of Pakistan on 30 April warning that continued...

    • Daphne Caruana Galizia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assurances they have (1) sought, and (2) received from the government of Malta that they will establish an independent public inquiry into the murder of...

      Papua: Journalism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they last raised with the government of Indonesia access by journalists to West Papua; and what assessment they have made of the dangers facing local...

      Indonesia: Arms Trade

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of Indonesia to ensure that British-supplied arms are not used for internal repression in West Papua.

      Papua: Journalism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Indonesia about lifting the ban on foreign journalists visiting West Papua.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Nusinersen

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with (1) NICE, (2) NHS England, and (3) Biogen, on a Managed Access Agreement for Spinal Muscular Atrophy treatment, Spinraza.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Beavers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the introduction of beavers in the UK; and of the risk of flooding as a result of their introduction.

    • Hill Farming

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what support they are giving to hill farmers.

  • Home Office

    • Jamal Khashoggi

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have frozen the assets of, and barred visas for, those Saudi nationals and their family members who have been identified as having been involved in,...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Absent Voting: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many registered voters applied for proxy votes in each local government district in Northern Ireland elections on 2 May; and what percentage of the...

    • Northern Ireland Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the proposal by Lord Duncan of Springbank on 19 March (HL Deb, col 1408) that the Department of the Economy Northern Ireland would establish a unit...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • 5G

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the benefits of facilitating flexible use of the 5G spectrum by community and independent networks in areas where it is allocated...

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